Former All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirants have urged the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, to address the defection that has hit the party in recent weeks.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the former aspirants under the aegis of APC360 made the appeal following an emergency meeting on Tuesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The APC360 is a coalition of aspirants from the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja who ran for various elective positions in the party’s primaries.
In a statement issued following the meeting, APC360 National Secretary Chris Enoch urged Tinubu to take immediate action to halt the massive exodus of members to opposition parties.
The group also informed the former Governor of Lagos State that party members were deeply concerned that the situation had yet to be addressed by the party hierarchy.
Enoch stated that the group cannot turn a blind eye to the dangerous trend that is sweeping away party members like a flood and remain silent as if nothing is happening.
He said, “It is also hazardous and harmful to the health and wealth of our great party, particularly when we are preparing for a national election.
“We as members of the only pressure group that has invested in this great party through the direct purchase at the expression of interest and nomination forms, etc. are concerned because of our belief that the massive decamping which is being surreptitiously tarried out is planned and calculated to frustrate the coasting to the victory of Tinubu at the in-coming general election by those who have scores to settle with the party or are holding grudges and to this end are working against the party.
“Some of these defection cases are sponsored by some powerful members who feel dissatisfied with the mood and manner by which the party has treated them with the conduct of the primaries while others are borne out of the allegation that the party hierarchy abandoned and relegated them into the background after victory not acknowledging or compensating them for their huge efforts and heavy commitment to the party before victory.
“We as vested stakeholders in the party can no longer stay akimbo and pretend that things are okay, while large number of significant members particularly aspirants from 2015, 2013, and 2022 primaries, are decamping to strengthen opposition parties which give them listening ears.”
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